Cyndi Lauper News

Date Of Birth:
June 22, 1953 (60)
Birth Place:
Ozone Park, NY, USA
VIDEO: Billy Porter Talks New Album & More on TODAY
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter, who worked together on the hit Broadway musical 'Kinky Boots,' stopped by this morning's Today to talk about touring with Cher and the release of Porter's new album (more...)

VIDEO: Cyndi Lauper Performs 'Time After Time'; Reflects on Career
by TV News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Legendary singer and Tony Award winner Cyndi Lauper appeared on this morning's TODAY on NBC to perform her classic 'Time After Time,' and reflect on the 30 years since her debut album. (more...)

BWW CD Reviews: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and Relaxing
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Despite an extensive and impressive career, Billy Porter recently became a household name when he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The incandescent star released a solo album of Broadway standards, titled BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY. He applies a big band swing, jazz, and contemporary R&B soundscape to these hit songs, giving listeners a unique perspective on these songs. (more...)

Billy Porter's BACK ON BROADWAY Now Available
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 15, 2014

2013 Tony Award-winning Best Actor Billy Porter has a new solo album BACK ON BROADWAY, which is now available to download. (more...)

The Brevard Music Center Launches the BMC PRESENTS Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Brevard Music Center (BMC) is excited to announce the launch of a new concert series during its 2014 summer festival. The four-concert BMC Presents series will welcome guest artists to Music Center stages to present performances outside of the Music Center's traditionally classical offerings. These family-friendly concerts will not only welcome new audiences to the Brevard Music Center, but will also support the Music Center's educational mission. (more...)

Tony Winner and KINKY BOOTS Star Billy Porter Releases BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY Solo Album Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He released his first solo album, Untitled, on A&M Records, and a second album, At The Corner of Broadway + Soul, on Sh-K-Boom Records. Today, April 15, 2014, Porter releases his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway. (more...)

Catherine Russell, Bria Skonberg's Brass Kicker and More Set for New York Hot Jazz Festival at The Players Club, 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

THE 2nd ANNUAL NEW YORK HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL is set for The Players Club - 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan on Sunday, May 18 - 1:00pm to 1:00am. (more...)

Choreographers Pat Birch & Luigi to be Honored at 2014 Astaire Awards, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

On Monday, June 2 at 7:30pm at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards will honor 5-time Tony Award nominee and 2-time Emmy Award-winning veteran choreographer Pat Birch with its Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award and legendary dancer and dance instructor Luigi with the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film and were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and the late Douglas Watt (a critic and writer for the NY Daily News and The New Yorker, his 100th birthday would be this year). (more...)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Jeffrey Wright & More Set for ArtsConnection's 35th Anniversary Benefit, 4/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, ArtsConnection will celebrate its 35th anniversary at a fundraising gala honoring Time Warner Inc. and internationally-renowned visual artist Vik Muniz. Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner's Senior VP of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, will accept the award on behalf of the company. The event, which will be attended by leaders from the arts, business, media, and philanthropy worlds, as well as draw celebrities from both NYC and Hollywood, will raise support for ArtsConnection's arts education initiatives for New York City public school students. Emily and Harold Ford, Jr., Linda & Mort Janklow, Lisa and Richard Plepler, Tracey & Robert Pruzan, and Paula and Fareed Zakaria will serve as event co-chairs. Award-winning CNN anchor Don Lemon will host the evening at 583 Park Avenue. He will be joined by Sarah Jessica Parker and Jeffrey Wright who will make a special presentations. The event will be styled by acclaimed designer and ArtsConnection Board Member David Monn. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Lena Hall Talks HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH, Plus KINKY BOOTS, CATS, Upcoming The Deafening Gigs & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 14, 2014

Today we are talking to a Broadway leading lady making a major mark in the gender-bending role of Yitzhak in the new Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's masterful rock musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH starring Neil Patrick Harris, the affable and idiosyncratically alluring Lena Hall. Discussing sharing the stage with NPH in the raucous and wild rock showpiece, Hall offers a vivid view of her participation in the Broadway iteration of the cult hit - ranging from polishing her vocals for a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" to donning a prosthetic penis and much more. Additionally, Hall opens up about the larger themes of the prescient and timely musical, as well as shares her affection for the rock, pop and punk sound the score so evocatively emulates and recreates. On that note, Hall also sheds some light on her other ongoing endeavor, as lead singer of the band The Deafening, and shares some of her favorite songs to sing at gigs around town - including an upcoming show at Arlene's Grocery later this week. As if that were not enough, Hall also looks back on some of her most fondly remembered roles to date, reflecting on her time spent in the corps of CATS and the lace-ups of KINKY BOOTS through to a new jukebox musical project featuring the music of iconic rock songwriter Holly Knight. All of that, throwback tales involving NPH and much, much more in this wide-ranging conversation with one of the most uniquely compelling Broadway stars of the new season. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS, DANCING PROS: LIVE, Itzhak Perlman and More Set for Wharton Center's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Wharton Center is proud to give a glimpse of our upcoming 2014- 2015 season. The entire season will be announced the last week of April, when Wharton Center subscribers will receive the season brochure and order form. Just like years past, subscriber orders are processed according to Wharton's priority system, which is based on years of subscription and/or donation level. The actual seating will begin late May. (more...)

Suffolk University Presents Boston Premiere of Rock Musical MIDSUMMER NIGHT, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Suffolk University Theatre Department presents a new rock musical by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, Midsummer Night, loosely adapted from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, today, April 10-13 at the Modern Theatre. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: David Cook Mentors Top-8 to Fresh Takes on 80's Hits (Updated with Pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 09, 2014

Just as it did last week, tonight's AMERICAN IDOL featured the Top-8 finalists. After an ill-advised use of the sole judge's save, Sam Woolf remained in the competition long enough to be mentored by former IDOL champ David Cook for this week's 80's theme. With the obvious negligence of 'full-time' mentor Randy Jackson, it is staggering to see how much progress can be made with a mentor who is actively engaged in helping the finalists become better singers, performers, and artists. (more...)

Musical IT GETS BETTER Will Make Houston Debut at SPA's Jones Hall, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Society for the Performing Arts, Houston's leading performing arts presenter, will welcome the Houston debut of the theatrical production it gets better, Friday, May 2, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall. (more...)

AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 09, 2014

When last we left our Season XIII AMERICAN IDOL finalists, an uncomfortable amount of confetti was raining down on 17-year-old Sam Woolf, who had survived America's vote by garnering the season's only judge's save. As the show went off the air host Ryan Seacrest informed us that Top-8 Week Part 2 would focus on the songs of the 1980s. Again, first-year Executive Producer Per Blankens has opted to give the contestants an extremely open-ended theme. Thus far, the strategy has proved beneficial for audiences and Idols alike, as both have been exposed to songs outside the normally limited Reality Show set-list. (more...)

Rosie O'Donnell & Rosie's Theater Kids to Honor Pat Birch at PASSING IT ON, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Rosie's Theater Kids (RTKids) will present 'Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship' to benefit Rosie's Theater Kids at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater on Monday April 28, 2014 at 7pm. This year's event will honor legendary director and choreographer and RTKids mentor, Pat Birch. (more...)

Sheila E to Perform at Ridgefield Playhouse, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

If Prince hand selects you to be in his band, chances are you're at the top of your game. Such was the case in 1978 when Prince tapped Sheila E. to record on the Purple Rain album, where she lent vocals to 'Let's Go Crazy' and 'Erotic City'. From there on out, their musical lives have often been intertwined. On her own, Sheila E's R&B and jazz-fusion roots have solidified her in the annals of rock history as a dynamic singer/songwriter, percussionist and drummer. This amazing artist will be in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m. performing from her songbook, which includes 'The Glamorous Life', 'A Love Bizarre' and the 'We Are the World' session. Her latest record Icon (March 2014) features catchy hooks, dynamic percussive performances and even a collaboration with Prince. (more...)

Photo Coverage: KINKY BOOTS Celebrates One Year at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre!
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 07, 2014

Just last night, the cast and creative team of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots celebrated the show's one year anniversary with a celebratory curtain call and cake. With a Tony Award-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, a book by four-time Tony Award-winnerHarvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots opened on April 4, 2013 and continues to play to standing-room-only crowds nightly. The show, which has broken all box office records at the Hirshfeld Theatre, recouped its costs in October 2013, after just 30 weeks on Broadway. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the backstage celebration below! (more...)

Lance Horne, Billy Porter and More Host Inaugural Broadway PoPuP Event at 42West Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Broadway fans will be treated to an intimate performance by stars of Tony Award winning productions as 42West and its new Producing Artistic Director, Jacob Langfelder launch a Broadway PoPuP Series sponsored by Yamaha, beginning today, April 4 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. The monthly series at 42West (514 W. 42nd Street) will feature an inexpensive ticket to surprise PoPuP performances by some of Broadway's best. DJs Andrew Andrew (Girls, Gossip Girl), Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne, Trapper Felides (Next Big Thing) and LED Intergalactic Unicorns will host the inaugural evening. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: KINKY BOOTS Company Takes a #Selfie to Honor One Year Anniversary
by Stage Tube - Apr 02, 2014

The cast and crew of Kinky Boots celebrated the show's one year anniversary on Broadway by filming their own music video for the hit song #Selfie by The Chainsmokers. Check it out here! (more...)

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